I have 49,500 something miles on my scooter and I haven't changed the fuel filter yet. I have a new one with gasket and new bolts for the access cover. The scooter is running fine. But it might run a little better if I changed it. I'm sure it would be better on the fuel pump with a new filter. I would like to take it down to a friends house 350 miles southeast of me to do it. He has a good shop and has changed his before. I changed the fuel filter on my 04 TC put it was different than doing it on the XC. It didn't take long on the TC, maybe 2 hours at the longest from start to finish and then I went riding. I don't remember how many miles I had on the TC, but it needed it. I could here a whining coming from the fuel tank. When I first noticed it we where making a bar run over in New Mexico, the Westerner. The bar closed down a few years ago and I hated to see that happen. I had been stopping at that old bar since the 70's, drank a lot of whiskey in that place. It was out in the middle of know where but you could see it miles away. It was in the ranch country and had the only trees around in ten miles. Well I guess I'll change that fuel filter before spring.